Calcutta from the Strand during the cyclone of 5 October 1864
Artist: Armstrong, John Arthur (b. 1840)
Watercolour of Calcutta from the Strand during the cyclone of 5 October 1864 by John Arthur Armstrong (b. 1840). Inscribed: 'J. Armstrong 1864'.
This view shows the extent of the sea's encroachment upon the land and the beleaguered shipping in the harbour. During this cyclone, a large number of ships were driven ashore by the wind and waves; the P&O Lines 'Bengal' was deposited in the garden of Bishop's College and the storeship 'Hindostan' was completely wrecked. The city was badly damaged and up to sixty thousand people were killed.